Studies on various economic traits of guinea fowl

Brijesh Singh and R.K. Sharma
G.B.PantUniversity of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar - 263145,
Distt. Udham Singh Nagar, Uttaranchal

The data on 419 keets of guinea fowl belonging to G4 generation hatched out in 5 hatches and maintained at Poultry Research Center of the G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar were utilized for the present investigation. The overall body weights at 0, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 and 24-weeks and at sexual maturity were 23.32 ± 2.25, 225.7 ± 2.69, 552.4 ± 78.53, 951.1 ± 62.68, 1107 ± 101.8, 1265 ± 66.32, 1381 ± 77.58 and 1541 ± 51.15 g, respectively. The shank lengths at 8, 12, 16, 20 and 24-weeks of age were observed as 4.50 ± 0.54, 5.71 ± 0.44, 7.03 ± 0.53, 7.40 ± 0.29 and 8.14 ± 4.99 cm respectively. The corresponding values for keel length and breast angle were found as 7.27 ± 0.513, 8.36 ± 0.635, 9.63 ± 1.00, 10.52 ± 0.57 and 10.96 ± 0.57 cm and 21.62 ± 1.60, 24.42 ± 2.14, 37.74 ± 2.01, 39.95 ± 1.11 and 41.11 ± 1.05 (º), respectively. The percent mortality between 0-4, 4-8, 8-12, 12-16, 16-20, 20-24-weeks and 24-weeks to maturity was found as 3.82, 7.16, 2.86, 0.23, 0.0, 0.0 and 0.0, respectively, with overall mortality of 14.08. The study revealed that keets grow rapidly up to 12 weeks with highest mortality between 4-8 weeks of age. Therefore, utmost care should be taken to minimize losses during rearing period.

Source : IPSACON-2005

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